By Michal Meyer
(White Canyon Plant in Utah in 1953. Uranium and vanadium were mined from the sandstone canyons and then turned into vanadium oxide and uranium oxide.Vanadium Corporation of America Collection, Chemical Heritage Foundation Image Archives.)
History rarely stays safely in the past. In the magazine last year we ran a story on uranium mining on Navajo lands. That story started in World War II with the production of yellowcake and finished with recent efforts to remediate the environmental pollution left behind by decades of mining. A few days ago a piece in the New York Times showed that you can’t rely on history to stay safely buried. One village faces such severe problems from uranium contamination that officials want to permanently relocate its inhabitants.